Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Wholistic Diagnosis

How do I go about diagnosing a patient’s constitutional type? There was a long learning process and internalization which began when I was a student, and then continued when I began my practice, and first started to assess the constitutions of real-life patients. As a student, the learning process involved studying vast quantities of information about each type — details about the key mental and emotional characteristics, modalities of what made each constitution feel better or worse, basic food preferences, as well as cravings and aversions, and a range of physical symptoms which each constitutional type is susceptible to. This initial part of the process as a student was highly analytical and left-brain dominant. I drew up charts and spreadsheets to track all of these details, and to learn through a process of comparing and contrasting the details of one genotype against another. Which were the more warm-blooded types, and which ones were more chilly? Which ones craved salty foods, and which ones had a big sweet tooth? Likewise, my first experiences figuring out the genotypes of real life cases involved going through a lengthy questionnaire, gathering as many of these kinds of details as I could about the person. Life being what it is, the resulting picture rarely came out as a clear image easily categorized into one of the six types, but was a mix of two or more distinct types, and often mixed in with confounding disease characteristics which aren’t at all part of the basic constitutional type (which represents the fundamental state of health, and is not a disease). The world of left-brained information and detail is always full of doubt. Throughout this process, my classmates and I would have endless discussions at lunch break about one another’s constitutional types, as part of the process of learning each one as a function of a type of “reverse engineering”. As I’ve written before, Ally and I would play “the restaurant game” and guess the constitutions of the other patrons. Somewhere along the way, these massive collections of details and information started to coalesce into living patterns which were recognizable by my right-brain. What originally took me too much time and labour to figure out, now could be recognized almost instantaneously. Most of the time, when I meet a new patient, or even someone outside of the clinic, my recognition of their constitution comes as quickly as would my recognition of a friend or family member I’ve known my whole life. Instead of looking to connect the dots of a large number of data points, now I am able to see the whole “living entity” which each constitution is, and which is always the same despite what the specific variations in details may be in a given person.

 

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By being able to see the constitution so quickly, the time of the patient’s first consult can be put to much better use in diagnosing the extent of the diseases which are causing their suffering, and identifying a clear and practical plan which can be  implemented right away. I’ve continued to take this skill of turning book knowledge into living knowledge to more and more aspects of diagnosis and treatment, and to internalize all of these “living entities” within my practitioner’s tool belt. New patients are still quite surprised that I can “know them” so well within moments of meeting them, but like anything that has become second nature, I celebrate this valuable skill in my ability to help my patients move towards their highest state of health as quickly as possible.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Lachesis

The sixth and final phenotype I’m presenting is Lachesis, which is a remedy prepared from the venom of the Bushmaster snake of South America. If you can imagine the rapid physiological changes and emotional storm which occur after someone has been bitten by a poisonous snake, you’ll start to get a sense of the intensity of the characteristics of the person in this phenotype. Lachesis has a very highly charged energy which is seeking a discharge in one way or another.

They key emotional themes of this remedy include guilt, jealousy, and envy, which all contribute to its highly charged state. One of the most well known characteristics of Lachesis is an intense loquaciousness, which, at its worst, becomes an incoherent rambling from one unrelated topic to another, without any room for anyone else to get a word in edgewise into the ‘conversation’. There was a patient I once had, who I asked “so, what brings you here?” at the beginning of her first visit, and that was the last thing I said for the next 90 minutes! The good news was that I received an excellent account of her life history, and had all the information I needed to give the first set of remedies to her.

Taking up the image of the tongue of the Bushmaster snake, we can learn some of the key characteristics in the remedy. Not only do they use their speech as a means to try to discharge their own pent-up energy, but like the snake’s tongue, they can use their speech as a sudden attack, lashing out with cutting remarks. The Lachesis personality seems to have an instinct for sensing another’s weakness, and strikes out with intent to seriously wound. In fact, as the physical pathology of the remedy progresses, one of the characteristic symptoms is for the tongue to tremble when it is protruded.

 

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They can live in a state full of passionate jealousy, and will be a very intense force to be partnered with in a romantic relationship. On the flip side, there is sometimes a much more introverted presentation of this remedy, who is much more quiet, and dwelling in their own feelings of inferiority and lacking self-esteem. This is the polarity that makes up both sides of this remedy.

There are a number of characteristic symptoms at the physical level, including sore throats which have pain upon swallowing, as well as issues with the circulation. They will have the tendency to “sleep into an aggravation”, meaning that during the first part of the night, they can be suddenly awoken by an asthma attack, or from a nightmare. All forms of discharges give them tremendous relief, whether it is the excessive talkativeness I mentioned above, or a physical discharge such as the beginning of their menstrual flow. They will have a tendency to be afraid of or squeamish for snakes.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Sepia

The general feeling of the phenotype Sepia is of being totally fed up. More specifically, it is a state of feeling drained by the endless obligations of daily life, whether from family, work, or a combination of the two. It is quintessentially portrayed as a “mother’s remedy”, however it may be applicable in any situation where someone feels they are being drained by constant demands. The core defense of Sepia is to push people away through various means, including irritability or sarcasm. They have lost the feeling of having a natural motivation, and may appear to be indifferent, or even depressed.

This phenotype is one of the most classic images of “stasis”, in the sense of the dynamic interplay of internal forces which animate us having been neutralized by countervailing forces of their daily situation or environment. The classic “mothering” situation, which I mentioned above, is one which typically creates a constant stream of demands, leaving zero time left for the mother to do anything for herself, or focus on her own needs. The structure of the modern family appears to have moved away from the old mode of “it takes a village to raise a child”, where there is usually one single primary care-taker for the child (typically the mother) while the father works throughout the day. Even the not so distant past had more of an extended family structure around the child, where 3 or even 4 generations would live together in a house or duplex, spreading out the child-rearing duties.

The remedy Sepia is made from the ink of the cuttlefish, which is squirted out at its predators as its primary mode of defense. This is a vivid image of the cloud of irritability which the Sepia person exudes in an attempt to keep anyone from getting close enough to make a new demand on them.

Sepia feel their best just after vigorous exercise, with dancing being an activity they especially enjoy. This illustrates how Sepia is primarily a state of stasis, which does well from anything which energizes or invigorates them. They are even energized from witnessing a thunder storm, as they welcome this influx of energy to dispel their internal stasis.

Physically, there are a number of symptoms of laxity of the muscles or tissues, which may appear as sagging facial features, or other body parts which aren’t holding their tone. The sex drive is absent, and sex is seen as yet another demand – the expression “putting out” would be the literal feeling from this point of view. Their food cravings emphasize either sweets, or vinegary or sour foods. Many of the physical health complaints related to Sepia involve the hormonal system in general, including menstrual difficulties, PMS, menopause symptoms, infertility, and so on.

This is one of those remedies where the relief the patient often quickly experiences is a great blessing, and something which is celebrated by the patient and practitioner alike. Being able to witness such a dragged down state of mind lifted is truly a sight to behold. Such a heavy feeling of depression or hopelesness may seem like an impossible vortex to escape from, but the well chosen remedy can do wonders for the inner feeling, despite the outer circumstances not being any different than they were before the remedy. Our state of mind makes all the difference in how we experience and interpret our lives, and such turnarounds are great illustrations of how fundamental the state of mind is in creating either our state of health, or our state of disease.

 

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Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Nux Vomica

The key feeling of Nux Vomica is of thwarted ambition. Ambition is something which is derived from the false ego, and drives us to accomplish things which are not derived from our true self. Such pursuits are bound to lead us into conflict or stress of various kinds, and the need for a constant recharging of energy which peters out just as quickly.

The Nux Vomica phenotype is very hot-headed, with an explosive temper, which bursts out at anyone or anything they perceive to be in their way. Their perception is that everyone around them is moving too slowly, and when in the role of a boss, they will bark out orders and reprimands in a usually colourful palette of language.

They behave in a highly competitive way, and make very poor sports who can’t stand losing. This is true both at work as well as their “leisure” time, where winning is everything. They act overly confident, even to the point of arrogance. They are very impatient, and will break things out of frustration, such as smashing their computer keyboard when a page on the internet is loading too slowly. Small or large examples of ‘road rage’ are rooted back to the energy of this remedy.

They are attracted to the use of all forms of stimulants in order to keep themselves propelled forward, but then will hit a point of collapse sooner, or later. The famous, and tragic, examples of Elvis and Michael Jackson illustrate this pattern of being reliant on drugs and cycling through these great highs and lows in the name of “the show must go on”. All forms of caffeinated beverages, especially including coffee, are the general fuel for this underlying energy behind most of our modern working world, which participates this Nux Vomica energy, even if not in full-blown form as I’ve described in the paragraphs above. Many prescription or street drugs may be used as stimulants in this state. Nux Vomica is the ultimate hangover remedy, and should be served at every New Year’s Day breakfast.

The physical pathology of Nux Vomica affects the gastro-intestinal tract, including symptoms of spasms and cramping. They can suffer a form of constipation which has unproductive urging, and mirrors the underlying feeling of this state, which is a compensation for “wants to, but afraid they can’t”. Many symptoms of Nux centre around the nervous system, which is highly charged, as in “my nervous system is fried”.

Pretty Lips!

A couple of weeks ago I had a new patient come in for Heilkunst treatment.  Her intake form indicated that she was two and a half years old.  As soon as her Mom and she arrived, it took me about 30 seconds to apprehend her Constitution.  Mom had a harboured exasperation and the child made a bee-line around the whole of my home before landing in my office.  Because I’m well versed in Constitutions, I started to think about what in my office I truly valued as I knew that no stone would remain unturned and unexplored.  I accessed and offered the little wooden horse,  book on the very hungry caterpillar, water-based markers, paper, the shells I keep on my desk and the timer I use for my timing the waits between Bowen moves thinking these items might be a hit with this very busy babe.  The mom was apologizing profusely for her precocious child and it was easy to see that the offered diversions were not going to be absorbed into this babe’s obvious vortex of exploration.  It was difficult for her to receive anything proffered when postured with the accelerator to the floor.  We had a wee tasmanian devil in our midst.

While the Mom and I attempted to talk, she throwing bits of food at the maw of the perpetually hungry and thirsty  babe to try and placate her need to turn all the focus onto her.  The food was just adding fuel to an already hot little fire!  You could just feel the tension in the child and I bided my time until she superseded Mom’s capacity to quell her imaginative hunger versus her desire to thoroughly explore my office without us getting in her way.  I let Mom know that we’d get only as far as we could today and that it was no problem to set up a short telephone consultation afterwards so that we might answer any left-over questions she might have about her child’s Heilkunst treatment at a time more conducive for her when the child was at daycare.

This little girl was so brilliantly engaging that she just obscured and virtually cancelled out her Mom who kept apologizing, attempting to get the child to “be polite,” coercing her to say polite phrases to thank me.  I laughed to myself thinking about what a botched mission this would be from the get-go as her rebellious nature was already in motion.  This babe was a riotous blur of movement and activity, and rightfully, the last thing in her mind were “please and thank yous.”  It was just a matter of time, before the Mom and I became so engaged that we lost track of the two year old on her mission to turn my office upside down as a function of her destinal path.  I even typed her blood, thinking that would slow her down a bit.  That lasted about 10 minutes!

I have a little spot on my desk where I keep hidden a bottle of peppermint essential oil to put in my water, on occasion, along with an all natural peppermint lip balm made by Saponetta Divino.  Before I could move to retrieve my two valued personal items, she had the cap whipped off the lip balm which canon-balled across the desk to land, on the other side of the room, somewhere in my blood typing kit, not to be located until I next typed another patient’s blood a few days later.  The next thing the Mom and I knew, the child had smeared the contents of my lip balm all over her mouth and chin.  The next thing we heard was her exclaim, “Pretty lips, Momma, pretty lips!”  We both laughed pretty hard, diffusing the tension.  Apparently she does the same with her Mom’s lipsticks on occasion.  We both agreed by affirming the babe, “Yes, darlin’ pretty lips for sure.”

 She went home with the pretty lips stick, without the lid, and my firm understanding of her constitution. I also knew why the respiratory issues plagued her, as they were derived from up her parent’s and grand-parent’s genetic history.  The following week, I had the pleasure of starting to treat the Mom, bolstering her confidence about how to effectively navigate a Sulphur constitution, and extending my sympathies.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Staphysagria

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The core theme of the phenotype Staphysagria centres around victimization. They are the type who get caught up in cycles of abuse where they are unable to say “no”, or assert a necessary boundary, but immediately regretting and resenting their own lack of voice, along with the actions of their abuser. Even in non-chronic abuse situations, Staphysagria results from anger which is ‘swallowed’ rather than expressed. There is a core feeling of injustice or of life being “unfair”, and being at the mercy of the whims and actions of others.

The classic physical symptoms of Staphysagria revolve around the bladder and kidneys, in terms of infections, or cysts. These symptoms are the physical embodiment of the unexpressed emotion of feeling “pissed off”, which have to come out in one way or another, if the natural avenue of expression wasn’t taken. Other physical symptoms include styes or tumors of the eyelid. Many digestive issues, including chronic irritable bowel syndrome can also result from this suppressed energy. Any medical condition which first began after an incident of suppressed anger or humiliation can be reversed with this remedy.

Someone who has taken on the long-term personality of Staphysagria as their phenotype will be extremely sweet in character, who almost never expresses or even allows themselves to feel anger or any dark emotions. There may often be cultural or religious forces which encourage such unhealthy suppression of one’s true feelings. When a patient insists to me that they “never feel angry”, a big red flag goes up in my mind, and this becomes a strong consideration for treatment of this phenotype. Despite all the suppression, this is a state where much energy continually builds up, and occasionally “bursts out” in one form or another, which may often include throwing something – whether a physical object or a tantrum. They find it next to impossible to initiate a confrontation, even when it is necessary in a given situation, which tends to reinforce the vicious cycle of their state of victimhood.

Oftentimes, this dynamic of energy suppression will be funnelled into an excessive sex drive, with masturbation becoming one of the substitute vehicles for discharge, rather than confronting the primary emotional causations of this energy. The patient may have dreams of their teeth being loose, or even falling out, as a symbol of their lack of “bite” or aggression as required in healthy proportions. Consumption of sugars and sweets will usually be part of the picture, as another mechanism employed to maintain a falsely “sweet” character, covering over the dark material always threatening to burst back out into the light of day.

In treatment, Staphysagria as a phenotype will act to please the physician through compliance, although at home, in private, may suddenly turn against the practitioner and their treatment, and abandon it, in favour of keeping the suppressed emotional content from being raised back up into consciousness. The positive progression of treatment, however, usually leads to a much more assertive character, while the physical symptoms dissolve in proportion to the patient’s strengthening emotional immune system.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Arsenicum

The remedy Arsenicum is made from arsenic, which is a metal on the periodic table, and has long been used as a poison. As a poison, it affects the nervous system, and has characteristic burning pains, particularly throughout the digestive tract. Profuseness of sweat, of vomiting, and of diarrhea are common results of being poisoned by it. There is an extreme thirst, which is best relieved by small sips of cold water. During this physiological process of processing the poison, there is an intense feeling of fear which is felt.

Fear is actually one of the keynotes to the use of Arsenicum as a remedy for this phenotypical state. It is a fear which compensates through all manner of control mechanisms – they are the ultimate “control freaks”, who fear losing control as much as they fear death itself. On that note, it can be a very useful remedy to use in palliative care, where a patient is having difficulty “letting go” and accepting that they are approaching the end of life. In everyday life, they have an aversion to being alone, and are driven to always have company in one form or another, as part of how they try to dispel their anxiety.

This is the ultimate fear, but Arsenicum possesses many types of fear, large and small, and for every fear exists a corresponding control behaviour to try to compensate. They are extremely germ-o-phobic, for example, and will constantly be washing their hands, and spraying every common surface in their house with germicidal sprays.

The theme of physical security in the world is an offshoot of this primary level of fear. They can be obsessed with orderliness in addition to cleanliness, and are always compulsively “doing” something and can never sit still and truly relax. The intense neurotic energy they are driven by goes back to their primary fear of death. They are extremely miserly, and compulsively save items “just in case” they’ll come in handy, to buttress their security in the world. This form of hoarding is based on fear for survival and has a different motivation from Natrum Muriaticum, who hoards for reasons of sentimentality.

They are extremely fastidious, and exacting of their environment, and everyone in it, making sure that every detail is planned and accounted for, never leaving anything to whim or chance. On the positive side, they may often be the person who takes control of a situation or project, and makes sure that all hands are working towards the common goal. On the more negative side, they can irritate everyone through their micro-managing tactics, and drown the whole project in a sea of details, losing sight of the bigger picture.

Their fear extends into the realm of health, and they can be quite hypochondriac. As Heilkunst patients, they are frequently phoning or emailing their practitioner between regular visits providing “updates” about every detail, and seeking reassurance that every turn of event doesn’t signal a worsening of their condition. Always being in (the illusion) of control, and being unable to ever “let go” can be rooted in a potty training which was too early, and created a neurotic need to “hold on” for life.

The physical symptoms of Arsenicum affect the gastro-intestinal tract, the mucous membranes, as well as the lungs, which may be prone to asthma attacks. Panic attacks are not foreign to this state. They may suffer from various forms of physical tension and being “wound tight”.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : Natrum Muriaticum

The first phenotype I would like to introduce to you is Natrum Muriaticum. This remedy is made from the chemical compound sodium chloride, which is common table salt. The two separate elements (sodium and chloride) are poisons, but become inert together in this compound. Sodium chloride, and all other forms of salt are examples of crystalization. This forms a first image for its use as a homeopathic remedy, in terms of all biological or psychological processes which condense items (such as cell structures or emotional memories) to be more easily retained, or “held on to”. Lot’s wife, in the Bible, illustrates this to us with an artistic image of being turned into a pillar of salt when looking back and trying to live in the past.
Natrum Muriaticum is extremely retentive, and the key theme of the remedy revolves around a loss of trust. Nat-m holds on to the past, and has a very hard time of letting go of anything, whether past emotions of hurt, or objects infused with the feeling of sentimentality. This is the foundational disease state of mind for anyone who falls into the category of hoarders. Even the physiology of the cancer cell illustrates this, as the normal healthy balance of potassium being predominant inside the cell, and sodium surrounding the outside of the cell is reversed, taking the function back to a much older state of evolution related to creatures of the sea. Such a cell retains an excessive, unhealthy amount of fluid, illustrating this deeper theme of failure to let go.
Nat-m is characteristically over-sensitive, and is very easily offended or hurt, although they will generally hold it in. They can be extremely reserved, never allowing anyone to see their inner emotional world or true feelings in life. All of this is a function of a tremendous wall or emotional defence designed to protect them from repeating the hurts of the past. It is the feeling of avoiding getting into any relationship, other than one where they feel absolutely certain that they will be “safe” and protected, which is usually in a form of co-dependency in the Nat-m state. William W. Purkey was probably speaking to someone in a Nat-m state when he famously advised:

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
Nat-m is overly serious, and tends to support one or another cause of social justice, which is really a projection of their own attempt to defend themselves from ever being hurt again by another. Grand political initiatives such as Socialism illustrate this principle extended out on a larger scale. They tend to suffer their grief in silence, not able to let go in front of anyone, with the exception of a single romantic partner or close friend who has been brought inside their inner “safe” zone. Even then, it is usually not even their true core self that is fully opened up, but still an outer layer of their persona.


A characteristic bad dream for Nat-m is of their house being robbed, as this represents an unwelcome outsider breaking in, and gaining access to their most valued, private, inner world. Even in waking life, you’ll find that they may be overly cautious about their house security system, as well as all kinds of efforts taken to ensure their annonymity and privacy in every aspect of their life. The privacy craze in terms of internet policies is fascinating to view from the point of view of the energy of this remedy state.
The physical symptoms of Nat-m include headaches (lots of congestion of the energy of uncried tears), as well as sinus infections originating at the site of the tear ducts. They are very sensitive to noise. Salt is a very strong craving in this state. The skin may be prone to dryness, and even significant cracks. They suffer from constipation, which is a combination of the dryness of this remedy, and the difficulty in letting go. They can often suffer insomnia, which is yet another form of having difficulty “letting go” of their daytime consciousness, into the uncontrolled world of sleep and dreams. Conversely, they may need to sleep excessively, as a mechanism for avoiding the intimacy and demand for emotional involvement of waking life. They may be very retentive of water, in parallel with holding onto all of their emotional hurts.
In treatment, it may be very difficult for the practitioner to get to really know the inner content of the patient, and can take quite a while for a relationship of trust to be formed. The idea of treatment itself, particularly on the emotional axis, will be perceived as a threat, and these patients will often be the ones who only bring a physical symptom in for treatment, but solidly block any attempt to explore the emotional realm. Thankfully, the remedy works to soften these patients up, who eventually start to open up, and allow their emotions as well as their treatment to flow.

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Homeopathic Constituional Types : Examining the Six Phenotypes

The six genotypes which I have just completed examining in my recent blog series form the complete set of constitutional types which we find in people who are in a relative state of health. There are six additional constitutional types, called ‘phenotypes’, which may co-exist with a person’s natural constitution, and which represent the state of the most stable form of compensation possible in the face of their layers of disease and/or trauma. The genotype, being a state of relative health, expresses a set of characteristic responses to the environment and patterns of healthy thinking, feeling, and willing centring around a particular core theme or healthy state of mind. The phenotype, in contrast, also represents a certain set of characteristic personality responses and behaviours, but based on cumulative constraints or limitations to the core state of health. It is a pattern of compensation which has become chronic, and will continue even after the original conflict or trauma situations have passed. The role of medicine within Heilkunst is key to unlocking such deeply engendered disease states.

With the six genotypes, one of the characteristic distinctions we make is between the three IQ, or introverted types (Silicea, Lycopodium, Calcarea Carb), and three EQ, or extroverted types (Phosphorous, Pulsatilla, Sulphur). For the phenotypes, one of the key structural characteristics we are looking at is the differences between stasis neurosis and psycho neurosis. These are psychological terms which represent blockages to the natural flow of the person’s life energy based either on external factors of suppression (stasis neurosis), or internal factors of repression (psycho neurosis).

The emergence of a particular phenotype in a patient will come from a variety of factors in terms of their life history, and in particular, the nature of their shocks, traumas, and conflicts, as well as their broader ideogenic terrain (which is the realm of the highest form of disease caused by false beliefs, illusions, or delusions), as well as the genetic inheritance of the chronic disease patterns in their family tree.

The treatment of the phenotype is done with the corresponding homeopathic remedy, usually given in the patient’s daily dropper bottle. If there is still enough of a corner of a healthy state of mind remaining, it is possible to diagnose both the genotype and the phenotype, and prescribe for both simultaneously. Also, the phenotype will gradually melt away (sometimes faster, sometimes slower) over time as the patient’s time line of shocks and traumas are gradually whittled away, moving them always one step closer towards their natural state of health. As this process unfolds, their natural genotype becomes more and more visible, and the heavier elements of their personality fall away.

Homeopathic Constitutional Types : What is The Significance in Heilkunst Treatment?

Fielding your questions about the genotypes has made me realize that it would be worth me spending some of my words today clarifying some important aspects which define what the constitution is, and where it fits into an overall conception of healthcare.

In one of my previous blog series, I delineated the difference between the three grand jurisdictions in Heilkunst, of Regimen, Medicine, and Education. While constitutional treatment primarily falls within the jurisdiction of regimen, in a strange way, it straddles all three jurisdictions. It may be tricky to see this at first, as it would appear that treating the constitution is primarily a function of medicine, as we treat it with a homeopathic remedy the same way we treat every disease. The constitution, however, is not a disease, but instead it represents an aspect of our state of health, and treating it is an act of re-balancing, rather than the usual destructive role that medicine plays in terms of a disease. If you understand this point clearly, you’ll see that identifying a state of health is radically different from identifying a state of disease, as they are not a simple continuation of one another.

As a side note, this is a critical distinction which has been systematically missed by classical homeopathy, which confusingly defines the constitutional remedy as the one which encompasses the greatest totality of symptoms and characteristics of the patient, all lumped together into one single remedy, which is supposedly ideally unique to each individual. One problem with this definition is that it does not clearly distinguish between the concepts of health and disease, but instead attempts takes aim at an amorphous lump of “imbalance”, or “total symptom picture”, which is actually an abstraction and cannot be effected by a remedy in any real way. Another practical issues is that this leaves many patients waiting indefinitely for “their” unique remedy to be proved, which is not likely to happen within their lifetime. If you thought the organ donor waiting list was long, it’s nothing compared to this list!

 

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So, the treatment of the constitution appears to fall within the medical jurisdiction, because a remedy is given, but it is actually taking effect within the regimenal jurisdiction, which is all about treating imbalance rather than disease. The crossover of the constitution into the third jurisdiction (Therapeutic Education), is where the education of the patient about their constitution is a first step into raising their consciousness about what they are made of, and who they are at an essential level. New patients are often surprised at how I can seem to know so much about them after having just met them, before they learn that their constitutional characteristics are of a type, and relatively easy to identify quickly.

On the other hand, many patients breathe out a metaphorical sigh of relief when learning about their constitutional typology, and realize that they are not alone, and that there is an explanation rooted in nature for the way they tend to think, feel, and behave in the world. Likewise, parents feel this relief when constitutional knowledge of their child helps them get a handle on parenting where they may have been struggling before.

All of these benefits come from a knowledge and treatment of the constitution, and this is even before we hit the big league operation of tackling all the layers of disease! My next upcoming blog series on the Phenotype constitutions will be a bridge between this realm of Genotypes (healthy types) and full-fledged disease.